Operating Instructions Test | Final Test - Hard

Anne Lamott
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Anne's state of mind in Part 11?

2. Who is Megan?

3. What worry still seems to plague Anne?

4. In what month are the entries for Part 11 written?

5. What causes Anne to feel guilty?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Even though Anne was not married to Sam's father they did have a relatively strong relationship and it hurt her deeply when he left after the revelation of her pregnancy. Explain the act of abandonment. How does it impact those who are left behind as well as those who leave? Is an abandoned person always expecting to be abandoned again? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

Describe the conflict of Anne, the eclectic artist and Anne, the traditionalist. What activities and though patterns can be attributed to "each" Anne? Determine which Anne gets the upper hand by the end of the book.

Essay Topic 3

Explain the origins of the title of the book: Operating Instructions. Does Anne want the reader to think that it is a book about caring for a newborn? Or does she want the reader to dig a little deeper for a more personal meaning? The phrase "waiting for operating instructions" occurs in at least two situations in the book. Define them and determine Anne's meaning for the book's title.

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